Microsoft has released two new apps for the iOS platform, Microsoft Lync 2010 for iPhone and Lync 2010 for iPad, targeted at enterprise users with an Apple gadget in their pocket or bag. Both free downloads – though requiring a Lync Server or Office365/Lync Online account in order to actually function – the two apps offer instant messaging, audio conferencing and VoIP calls while on the move.
Real-time availability updates are given, as well as single-touch Lync conference call participation to avoid having to punch in lengthy passcodes. There’s also transport layer security (TLS) and perimeter/internal network protection, neither of which demand a VPN, for increased data security.
Although of little interest to non-enterprise customers, the new smartphone and tablet apps are a sign that Microsoft’s software teams are taking Apple’s iPhone and iPad market penetration seriously. The company obviously has its own tablet strategy in the pipeline, with Windows 8 expected to show up on models from ASUS and Dell in the latter half of 2012, but that doesn’t stop Microsoft from spreading its reach to those who call on its Cupertino rivals instead.
Earlier this month, Microsoft released a version of its Kinectimals game for iPhone and iPad, until that point only available on Windows Phone. The software push does also give the company’s engineers some practice making tablet apps, something we’re hoping gives them a head-start when it comes to Metro UI apps on Windows 8 tablets next year.
IMPORTANT: Microsoft Lync 2010 for iPhone requires a Lync Server or Office365/Lync Online account and will not work without it. If you are unsure about your account status, please contact your IT department.
Lync 2010 for iPhone extends the power of Lync to your mobile device – including rich presence, instant messaging, audio conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface.
- View colleagues’ availability in real time and select the best way to communicate – initiating an instant message (IM), email, or a phone call.
- Connect to Lync conference calls with a single touch, without requiring long numeric passcodes or conference numbers.
- Make and receive calls using your Enterprise Voice (Lync ID) number only, so you can connect with others using a single, consistent identity.
- Lync 2010 for iPhone provides transport layer security (TLS) and perimeter/internal network protection without requiring a VPN, so your communications experience is safer no matter where you are or what network you use.